Washington County Arts Council, Inc Launches New Website

Washington County Arts Council, Inc Launches New Website

(Hagerstown, MD): The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. has launched a new website located online at www.washingtoncountyarts.com.
The new site includes WCAC's history, board and staff information, programs, special events, and grant information along with exhibit photos and details. The link to The Gallery Shop of the Washington County Arts Council lists artists who exhibit and sell their art along with artists' statements and a photographic selection of some of their work.
The visual art for the up-to-date site was chosen through a competitive call for artists. Gina Grajeda formerly of Martinsburg, WV was chosen to design the site's new look.
DH Web and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) sponsored the new site.
DH WEB with over 10 years experience in creating web designs is located at 11377 Robinwood Dr. Suite D, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742. The company offers design, programming and technical services for every aspect of website development. According to DH Web Co-Founder and Vice President Dave Henneberger, "DH Web listens, learns your business, and develops cutting-edge technology and insightful creativity to achieve outstanding results every step of the way." Henneberger continued, "We were happy to work with the Washington County Arts Council to showcase the outstanding arts community of Washington County."
According to Tom Riford, President and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, "We are thrilled to partner with the Washington County Arts Council, by sponsoring the community organization's new website." The CVB is located at 16 Public Square, Hagerstown, MD 21740. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry.
Maryland was one of the first states to create a state council for the arts in 1967. This was the outcome when the General Assembly enacted legislation declaring it the policy of Maryland to strive to create a supportive and nurturing climate for the arts. The General Assembly formally recognized that the arts are a vital part of Maryland's culture and heritage.
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. (WCAC) was formed on October 2, 1967 to aid and advance the cultural arts in Washington County, and to integrate the arts into the total life of the communities it serves.
The Washington County Arts Council was officially incorporated in 1968, making it one of the very first such state agencies. When Maryland became the first in the nation to establish a state-wide Arts & Entertainment District program in 2001, downtown Hagerstown was in the first class of communities to be designated as such, providing various tax incentives for arts enterprises in the heart of downtown.
At present the WCAC is funded in part through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Board of County Commissioner of Washington County, memberships and sponsorships in addition to various community grants and fundraisers.
WCAC is currently in a prominent location off Hagerstown's Public Square, at 14 West Washington Street, where downtown workers and visitors can enjoy a gleaming exhibit gallery and The Gallery Shop. Exhibits change monthly; and opening receptions provide an opportunity for the public to meet and talk with the featured artists.
The Gallery Shop of the Washington County Arts Council, Inc has been revitalized as a part of WCAC's strategy to provide both financial support for the arts and visibility for the organization. The Gallery Shop will make a difference for the future of WCAC as it provides both exhibit and "shop" space for area artists to show and sell their art, adding to the area's economic development.
Washington County Arts Council and The Gallery Shop hours of operation: Tuesday through Friday 11am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 4pm.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com